With the second-round matches getting under way, Oranje and El Tri meet in Fortaleza and our tipster, Hugh Wilson, backs Louis van Gaal's men to be too strong on Sunday
Two sides who have stood out in the World Cup so far meet in the round of 16 after progressing through their groups.
Netherlands won all their matches to top a tricky-looking Group B, thrashing Spain in their opening match before battling past Australia in a five-goal thriller. Louis van Gaal's men finished off their group with another impressive victory, this time over Chile.
Mexico, like Netherlands, also had a tough group. Miguel Herrera, who has been an entertaining watch on the sidelines, orchestrated three solid results in Group A, with El Tri beating Cameroon before drawing with hosts Brazil and then beating Croatia to qualify.
Despite a tough qualifying campaign to get to Brazil, the Mexicans have certainly made the most of their time at the finals. William Hill price them at 13/5 (3.60) to win.
Netherlands are currently on a five-match winning run after their result against Chile. Despite missing their top scorer, Robin van Persie, against La Roja, Oranje still found the net twice to take maximum points from Group B.
Van Gaal will be delighted with having beaten Chile after a poor showing against Australia, despite claiming the three points. William Hill price them at 11/10 (2.10) to win, with the same firm pricing the draw at 9/4 (3.25).
Considering their form coming into this match, it is tough to see past Netherlands doing the job in Fortaleza. Mexico have been strong in the competition but, with the fire power of Van Persie and Arjen Robben, who has been exceptional in this competition, the price on the Europeans to win at 11/10 (2.10) is certainly worth investing in.
It is also worth looking at the Dutch's record in World Cups in recent years. They have won nine of their last 10 matches, with Spain's victory in the final in South Africa four years ago their only defeat, so odds-against quotes for Sunday's match look well worth backing.
|Netherlands to win for a 2pt stake at 11/10 (2.10) with William Hill|